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Cabinets: Toe-Kick versus Furniture Base

Cabinets: Toe-Kick versus Furniture Base

[Originally published as Design Tip #18 in our weekly newsletter] Here’s a design tip that’s handy for cabinet shopping. One of the details you’ll select with cabinets is the base profile. Most kitchen cabinets are designed with a toe-kick. This is a 4” space at…

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Why Do Contractors Cost So Much?

Why Do Contractors Cost So Much?

People often ask me, “Why do contractors cost so much? How can they possibly justify those prices??” Usually, this question comes from a handy homeowner – someone who’s done a lot of work to their own house. If you remodeled your powder room for $1,800…

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Design Tip No. 15

Design Tip No. 15

Old House Style Spotlight: Cape Cod [Originally published as Design Tip #15 in our weekly newsletter] Commonly called Cape Cod style houses or simply, “cottages”, the New England traditional folk house has been around since the 1600s and can be found all over the east…

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The Trick to Searching on Houzz

The Trick to Searching on Houzz

[Originally published as Design Tip #3 in our weekly newsletter] If you’re considering a renovation or construction project and you’ve never heard of Houzz, get your internet-surfing self over there and sign up. It’s the largest collection of home improvement images on the web. It’s…

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